Thoughts

On 2020 politics

I am not a Republican and I am not a Democrat, nor am I any other political flavor. I am not a member of any party, simply because no party offers a platform I can fully embrace. If I were to describe my political leanings, I would say they are centrist leaning to the right, which means I’m more conservative in some of my beliefs, though I hold quite a few modern beliefs.

Having had to read more than enough leftist views in the media during the past few years, particularly this year, I’ve now gotten to abhor anything that leans even remotely left. It’s been oversold, and it comes with shady and violent overtones, such as critical race theory, all sorts of unpallatable aromas of supposed “inequality”, BLM and Antifa. These so-called movements are clearly not to be taken at their face value. They have to be recognized for what they are: open attacks on the fabric of society, meant to destabilize and destroy commonly-held anchoring beliefs. Incidentally, this is what the communists would do as they were taking over a country (and afterwards). They would attack and destroy anything that would remind people of the old regime and that meant buildings, books, traditions, ways of thinking, etc. would all be thrown into the fire of “progress”. I can’t abide that. I’ve grown up in a communist regime and emigrated to the United States in 1991 to seek a better life. I’ve had enough “left” in my life to last me a lifetime.

Not that the extreme right is any more tolerable to me. Extremes in anything are not healthy and yet this year we’ve been treated to all sorts of political extremism.

I also can’t abide the continuous censorship taking place on social media against conservatives and against anything that challenges whatever the left wants to believe at a particular moment. The extremists can never be satisfied. You can never be leftist enough to please the commie axe blade that swings mere millimeters from your neck, and those who are advocating for more “left” in their lives will soon find that out, as they will find themselves on the wrong end of the axe. Last year we had #cancelculture and this year we have #doxxing plus so many hashtags I can’t even keep track of them.

To give you just one example of how loony this has gotten, I posted a video compilation to my FB page back in 2019, a short video clip of young women being harassed by men in bars or on the street with lewd comments, catcalls and the like, adding a short and simple leading quip: “men are pigs”. FB banned it because my statement was deemed “offensive to men”, even though the video itself offered ample proof that those men in the video were indeed pigs. It’s obvious that I was generalizing/stereotyping, but no man should be offended by something like that when it’s obviously true for most men at one point or another. And until a few years ago, no man would be offended. But now we live in the age of offence, where everyone takes great offence at everything, so in all the madness and pretentious, deconstructive arguments, we’ve given unwitting birth to all sorts of ideological monsters that have made their way into our politics and are now eating our societies. The amount of censorship going on now is absolutely incredible compared with this relatively mild example.

These ideological monsters such as inequality movements, BLM, Antifa, are all geared toward scaring people, instilling a permanent fear of persecution in them, and forcing them to accept whatever’s being pushed onto them if they want to keep their livelihoods and their way of life, and that’s no way to live!

If you’re somehow justifying the violence that took place on the streets of America during this summer and fall, leading up to the US elections, because the Democrats needed to push a “corrupt Republican” out of office, you’re in for some nasty surprises in the coming months and years. Allowing and encouraging large groups of people to commit vandalism, looting, assault and battery and even rape on bystanders or people who disagree with them, and to threaten them in writing and on video that there will be violent repercussions if they don’t vote Democrat, is a horrible, nasty thing to do. It’s the kind of thing that comes with a huge karmic payback. Once you encourage that sort of violence, you can’t just shut it down afterwards and pretend like nothing happened. It doesn’t work that way.

I’ll close with this: I dislike personality cults. I think it’s disingenuous to expect constant adulation from the people whom you’re supposed to serve. For some reason, Trump needs to be the center of attention wherever he goes. I get that he’s an extrovert and he feels great when he’s surrounded by the energy of large groups of people, but I don’t think it’s right to keep encouraging that sort of thing. When you, as a person, admire another person so much that you’ll go and stand for hours on a street, waving a flag, on the chance that you’ll get a glance of him driving by, you’re clearly biased toward him and you’ll be more than ready to forgive at least a few major faults, simply because you got a few moments of face time or a wave. People are people are people. In the mind’s eye, everyone should be weighed equally based on their merits alone, no matter what position they hold.

There is no overarching conclusion here: we are in uncharted territory.


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